(PNEWS) War Crimes in War Commonplace
While U.S. policymakers sought to portray My Lai as just an isolated incident and an unfortunate excess of war not specific to Vietnam, other individuals expressed skepticism.
"Egalitarian \"Progressive\" News & Views"
29 Nov 2004
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After thorough research into the My Lai massacre, journalist Richard Hammer concluded that "the massacre at Son My (My Lai) was not unique, although it may have been the largest such incident of its kind in any one particular location and moment."
After his own investigation, journalist Seymour Hersh wrote: "What, perhaps, would happen inadvertently in the beginning became routine.
Terry Reid of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, spent much of 1968 serving with the 11th Brigade of the Americal Division near Chu Lai, the division headquarters a few miles north of Quang Ngai City. The indiscriminate slaughter of Vietnamese women and children was commonplace in his unit."
Larry Colburn, who witnessed the My Lai massacre from a small observation helicopter, told Hersh: "I'd seen it happen before, but just not with that many people."
According to Hersh, reporters knew of similar incidents before the My Lai revelations, but either they hesitated to report them or their editors hesitated to publish them.
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